PHOENIX - Pretty much everyone knows someone with Alzheimer's disease. Now a local family with a big name hopes spreading the word will help find a cure.
Glen Campbell is a big deal in the country music world with ties to the Valley. The singer is known worldwide, but at home he's just dad, grandpa or papa.
Three generations of the country music legend's family have countless stories to share.
"Riding on the bus, eating grits with grandpa in the morning," said his granddaughter, Jennifer Olson.
"And he'd always be chewing bubble gum, and I'd be like 'papa I want some gum!' And he'd always give me some bubble gum," added his great granddaughter, Morgan Olson.
Those are memories his family holds onto since Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011.
"I said 'do you know who I am?' And he goes 'of course, you're my baby girl.' So that makes me smile, but it's still heartbreaking," Campbell's daughter, Debby Campbell-Cloyd said.
"The fear of him not remembering who I am, or my children, it is very heartbreaking," Jennifer said.
It's an emotion anyone who's seen a loved one lose their memory to Alzheimer's disease has felt and the reason Glen Campbell's family has decided to walk to end Alzheimer's disease.
Join ABC15 at the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, November 2 at 9 a.m. at Wesley Bolin Plaza in downtown Phoenix. You can sign up at the event if you'd like to attend.
For more information go to the Alzheimer's Association - Desert Southwest Chapter's website .
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